As the world mourned the loss of yet another music legend – Prince – I was struck by the outpouring of tributes worldwide. After hearing the news, I spent a flight back home from New Jersey listening to his songs and channeling my youth. I returned with memories from “When Doves Cry” to “Purple Rain” and spent the rest of the evening educating my children on Prince’s contributions to music and pop culture. I celebrated his legacy, and I know he will not soon be forgotten.
I’m a big believer in legacy. We have different leaders for different times; and different leaders resonate with different people. In a corporate setting, each leader marks a spot in time with different needs based on market conditions, the organization’s health, and client and associates’ needs. In the roles I’ve held, my goal was to build on ADP’s amazing legacy and, equally important, to add to it. When my time ends in a role, I want to be able to look back and say: I was a part of that.
Most of us want to be part of a vision that resonates with us – something bigger than simply turning the pages of daily life. To be fully engaged and succeed that vision has to connect for me. In my twenty-year tenure, ADP’s mission has resonated with me, and I am grateful to have the opportunity to live our vision and values every day in my role leading TotalSource. Our associates focus on helping our clients develop culture, improve engagement and drive business success. They are essentially helping clients – and their employees – create their own legacies. The impact inspires me to do more every day.
I’m certainly not saying we all have to be Prince (there IS only one Prince). But I firmly believe each individual has clear contributions to offer and, in turn, the ability to create their own legacy, be it big or small. ADP’s legacy is incredibly clear. Its foundation is rooted in the vision of our founder, Henry Taub. Henry did have far-reaching influence in a way that was different than famous public figures. He had a love of family and country, high regard for his colleagues and clients, willingness to sacrifice in order to achieve a higher goal, and the gratitude for the gifts and opportunities life bestowed upon him. Henry took his humble goals and turned them into a business that affects millions of employees each day. I try to honor and live his legacy each day by contributing my part.
Here’s how you can create your own legacy.
- Choose who you want to be and how you want to show up. Every interaction is an opportunity. Choose to be loud where important, and be wise where warranted.
- Share your beliefs. Let others in and help them understand what is important to you and why.
- Live up to your own values and standards. Hold yourself accountable to your beliefs.
- Exercise forgiveness. Everybody has a bad day. Everybody has moments they wish they could re-write. Be quick to forgive.
- Enjoy the ride.
We have the opportunity to leave a legacy through our work, in our communities and in the lives of our families and friends. In Prince’s words, “We are gathered here today to get through this thing called life,” and every day is a gift, let’s be purposeful on how we want to contribute to this world.
What do you want your legacy to be?